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Is Your Script Ready For Its Close-Up?

 

When you step into the noisy, cattle-call throng of most film pitch festivals, it’s hard not to hear the opening lyrics from A Chorus Line running through your head:
 
God, I hope I get it!
I hope I get it.
I've come this far, but even so
It could be yes, it could be no,
How many people does he...?
I really need this job.
 
You start to question whether you’ve worn the right outfit. You stress as you mentally rehearse the spiel you’ve so carefully rehearsed, only to realize that you now can’t remember a single thing past “Hi, my name is—”. You panic that your appointment is just before lunch and the rep is distracted with thoughts about where to go eat. You panic that your appointment is right after lunch and the rep is going to be grumpy from an upset stomach. You freak out that everyone else around you looks so cool and calm and confident because they just know their scripts are potential blockbusters. Is your script that good? You’re now in full crisis mode that this script is the worst thing you’ve ever written and that you really should have stayed up all night finishing that other script you started six months ago about mutant eels…
 
While the staff at InkTip doesn’t have magic wands to make your angst vanish, they do promise two days of exciting opportunities this September to share your work with film industry pros that have the power to make dreams come true. The InkTip Pitch Summit is a natural extension of the unique services they’ve been providing to writers, agents and production companies for over ten years. To date, more than 100 movies have been produced as a result of connections made through its website, magazine and e-newsletters in addition to hundreds more writers that have been hired, repped and had scripts optioned. It’s a track record the company is proud of and it’s now taking things a step further by bringing reps from nearly 200 companies to Universal Studios Hilton on September 25th and 25th to meet talented writers like you in person. The enthusiasm of participating studios such as Lionsgate, Creative Convergence, Popart Film Factory, Runaway Productions, Sogno Productions and Tower 17 Productions is understandably high; they’ve already taken InkTip scripts to the silver screen and can’t wait to see more!
 
If you’ve attended pitch events in the past, you’ve probably come away with the impression that the sponsors’ goals were not only to shoehorn as many attendees as possible into a room but that any interest in successful outcomes lasted about as long as it took to process the entry fees. Nor were you likely to talk to more than a handful of reps while you were there – a pretty poor return for the investment of transportation, lodging, meals and parking.
 
This is where InkTip takes a major departure from the herd. For one thing, the event is specifically targeted to writers that have completed a polished, feature-length script. As has been my own experience on either side of the consultation table, too often the glamour of rubbing elbows with industry pros has attracted individuals that don’t know the first thing about writing a screenplay, much less respectfully and efficiently pitching one. This not only limits the amount of quality time available to writers that are committed to their craft but is a turn-off to reps that have to sit through boatloads of copious drivel with a pained smile on their faces. Is it any wonder that their heads are hurting by the time it’s your turn to talk to them? InkTip’s protocol in getting out the word to serious screenwriters has enabled them to attract such a high caliber of representation; they know their five minutes of one-on-one sessions aren’t going to be wasted. The response to this approach has been so fantastic that owner/founder Jerrol LeBaron is expecting at least five feature films to be produced and a slew of options, hires and reps as a result of this one event.

Secondly, writers attending the Summit will be able to pitch 35 different companies instead of the 8 or 10 which is customary at other pitching events. InkTip has also ensured that the company reps that will be on hand are actual decision-makers and development execs that read screenplays for a living and not just someone expendable from a studio’s accounting office. Last but not least, follow-up is another important component of this event; InkTip’s commitment to you and your career doesn’t end when these two days are over.
 
In addition to private pitch sessions, there will be expert panel discussions and various other seminars. A full schedule is available at http://www.inktippitchsummit.com. The first registration deadline is August 13th but passes are expected to sell out prior to that date. In the coming weeks, I’ll be providing tips on how to make the most of your InkTip Pitch Summit experience as well as sharing insider insights from the company reps that will be in attendance.
 
Christina Hamlett
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Written by: Christina Hamlett
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